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    Officially started! (w/pics)

    So, after an excruciating 1 month delay because of a gas line (main) out of easement, we are finally officially underway with our build!
    The dig started (and will I think be completed) today!

    Here was the original drawing:

    We have made the sun bench smaller, based in feedback I read here.

    Here was the backyard before: (you can see the mess the gas company left behind)


    Here it was this morning, just as they were getting started:


    And here it is this afternoon:

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    Congrats on getting started ! Looks like they got a lot done so far. Keep the pic's coming as things progress.
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    Looking good!


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    Congrats! I hope it goes quickly and smoothly.

    Best of luck.
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    Thanks y'all! Gunite starts on Thursday, hopefully!

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    Here it was the morning.... Starting re-bar.


    Then this afternoon, with rebar complete:


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    holy **** things move WAY faster on that side of the state. Congrats!
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    Nice. What's going to happen where the existing pavers are ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pwrstrk View Post
    Nice. What's going to happen where the existing pavers are ?
    Well, we debated back & forth and are ultimately going to go with pea gravel for decking. We'll still have pavers under the patio awning (~8 feet to columns). We didn't want to do brick pavers for the decking because our pool builder warned they would get super hot....and the pool area takes a lot of full-on sun.

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    holy **** things move WAY faster on that side of the state. Congrats!
    Yeah, our pool builder doesn't mess around! He is known for completing entire pools in 3-4 weeks! He's been doing them now for 38 years so I guess he's got it down pat.
    Gunite starts tmrw!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelkel View Post
    Well, we debated back & forth and are ultimately going to go with pea gravel for decking. We'll still have pavers under the patio awning (~8 feet to columns). We didn't want to do brick pavers for the decking because our pool builder warned they would get super hot....and the pool area takes a lot of full-on sun.
    That sounds interesting. Can't wait to see that.
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    I'm interested in your gas main issue. We also have a main gas line through out yard except that it is just barely inside the easement -- only by 1-2 feet. So, it stays as is. It is very frustrating to have a large yard and be unable to use it because of limitations set by the utility lines. 3-4 weeks would be an amazing time frame!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jro33176 View Post
    I'm interested in your gas main issue. We also have a main gas line through out yard except that it is just barely inside the easement -- only by 1-2 feet. So, it stays as is. It is very frustrating to have a large yard and be unable to use it because of limitations set by the utility lines. 3-4 weeks would be an amazing time frame!
    Well ours was a full 2 feet outside the easement and evidently they'd known about it since 2005. Perhaps the previous owners declined having it corrected if they didn't want their yard torn up.
    At any rate, through a lot of ranting & constant harping on my account (squeaky-wheel and all), they moved it into easement. From start to finish, that whole process took about a month. A very frustrating month. But the good news is, the gas company said they would re-sod the areas of the lawn that they messed up.
    It was a nightmare at times and could've taken a LOT longer had I not constantly harped on them, but luckily it's over now.

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    [QUOTE=Kelkel;619809]Well, we debated back & forth and are ultimately going to go with pea gravel for decking. We'll still have pavers under the patio awning (~8 feet to columns). We didn't want to do brick pavers for the decking because our pool builder warned they would get super hot....and the pool area takes a lot of full-on s

    Pea gravel as in like 10 million little rocks all around your pool and on peoples feet prior to jumping in? I agree with pavers getting hot as we are in NH and they get really hot in the summer so I can only imagine in TX.
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    Yeah, pea gravel sounds like it could be a mess - ending up in the bottom of pool. How about light colored pavers?


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    I guess the proper term is exposed aggregate pea gravel. There's nothing messy about it, as it's all compacted in there and not loose on top.

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    [QUOTE=Kelkel;620050]I guess the proper term is exposed aggregate pea gravel. There's nothing messy about it, as it's all compacted in there and not loose on top.[/QUOT

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    Congrats on getting started KelKel! Look forward to more pics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelkel View Post
    Well, we debated back & forth and are ultimately going to go with pea gravel for decking. We'll still have pavers under the patio awning (~8 feet to columns). We didn't want to do brick pavers for the decking because our pool builder warned they would get super hot....and the pool area takes a lot of full-on sun.

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    Yeah, our pool builder doesn't mess around! He is known for completing entire pools in 3-4 weeks! He's been doing them now for 38 years so I guess he's got it down pat.
    Gunite starts tmrw!

    Is it Bill Kenny ??
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    Quote Originally Posted by cnatra View Post
    Is it Bill Kenny ??
    No, Ron Stewart

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    Re: Officially started! (w/pics)

    So, here is today's progress:

    Woke up to this:

    Then around noon, they pulled down the covering to reveal this:




    And it looks like all of our equipment arrived:



    Added photos of yesterday's progress (4/12)





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